Rockfish Valley Trail 9/8/11

All photos are Marshall Faintich


Wow! What a morning on the trail. I was there from 9 to 11 a.m., and logged 34 species. There were two highlights for me. The first was my best ever photos of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo that sat on a branch about 20 feet away from me for a couple of minutes. The second was aerial combat between a pair of American Crows and one of the most stunning and colorful Red-tailed Hawks that I have ever seen. I got so many great photos that it was difficult to decide which ones to post. I also saw a warbler that looks to me like a first fall male Common Yellowthroat. Other opinions are welcomed.

Here's this morning's list of species:

Eastern Bluebird
Indigo Bunting
American Crow
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood-Pewee
American Goldfinch
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Kingbird
Rock Pigeon
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Belted Kingfisher
Starling
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Blue Jay

Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Flicker
Catbird
Scarlet Tanager
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Common Yellowthroat


Carolina Wren


Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird


First fall male Common Yellowthroat


First fall male Common Yellowthroat


First fall male Common Yellowthroat


Eastern Kingbird


Green Heron


Yellow-billed Cuckoo


Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk


Red-tailed Hawk



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